The Apple VR headset could feel lighter than air
The Apple VR headset is set to adopt a hybrid Fresnel lens design, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors). And it should result in one of the lightest VR and mixed reality headsets ever.
According to the report, the Apple VR headset will weigh in at around 150g or 0.33 pounds and be very comfortable to wear. By comparison, the Oculus Quest 2 weighs 503g (1.1 pounds).
Plus, in typical Apple style, the company seems to be ignoring what the competition is doing in favor of what may end up being a better system.
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Kuo notes that most virtual reality headsets use traditional Fresnel lenses, which were originally developed in the early 1800s as a way to focus lighthouse beams. In VR headsets they can enable ultra-short focal lengths, but increase the weight of the headset as a result